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Book Club: How to be both by Ali Smith

As you may be able to gather from the title, How to be both is not a simple story. In fact, depending on the copy you have, the story may … Continue reading

November 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling’s second book of essays demonstrates her evolution since her first book. She has moved from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) to What Not Me? … Continue reading

November 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Event: Judy Blume Speaks in Arlington, VA

As I wrote, though I didn’t love her latest book, In the Unlikely Event, I do love Judy Blume and went to hear her speak at an event sponsored by Arlington … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Wearing God: Clothing, Laughter, Fire, and Other Overlooked Ways to Meet God by Lauren F. Winner

The back cover of this book says: “Going Beyond Creator, King, Shepherd.” And so it does. Winner begins the first chapter with this quote: “The best metaphors always [give] both … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Books in Brief: In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume

I revere Judy Blume so it was an unlikely event to find that I did not want to finish this book. But then I remembered that while I adore her … Continue reading

October 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Face That Changed it All by Beverly Johnson

I’d previously thought of Beverly Johnson as a famous black supermodel but I didn’t know about her being the first African-American to appear on the cover of Vogue or that … Continue reading

September 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Book Club: Open City by Teju Cole

A man wanders and walks through New York City (for starters, he does take his meaderings elsewhere). That would be a super-simple way to explain this book but that would … Continue reading

September 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Louise Erdrich at The National Book Festival

I wasn’t at the National Book Festival (September 5) for the entire day but I did get up early-ish to hear Marie Arana interview Louise Erdrich, winner of the 2015 American Fiction Prize. It … Continue reading

September 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

In The Thing About Jellyfish, Suzy Swanson processes the death of her old friend Franny and the end of a friendship. She grieves the way that she and Franny grew … Continue reading

September 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

This House Is Not for Sale by E.C. Osondu

In This House Is Not for Sale, the eccentricities of life itself, particularly life in Africa, are illuminated through the inhabitants of the Family House—a place that functions as a … Continue reading

August 27, 2015 · Leave a comment
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